Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I don’t know that I necessarily consider this a “recipe” in part because it was easy and I just randomly threw it together. However, a lot of individuals have reached out recently wanting to know simply “what I eat,” and it’s rarely far from elaborate or difficult. So, here’s what I had for dinner last night, which rocked my socks off.

Keep in mind, most of my dinners are either from food I cooked and/or prepped over the weekend – to easily last me throughout the week, OR, leftovers and random things I throw together from items I have on hand, like this. Also, I don’t typically measure when I make things like this (I estimated to give you a baseline), so feel free to change the ratios or add more/less of an ingredient per your personal preference (my own personal preference is to add a shit-ton of cilantro)!

Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • Fresh juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Handful of cilantro (probably a loosely packed 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced chicken (again, I used leftover crock-pot roasted chicken I have on hand)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo
  • Salt/pepper
  • 3 romaine lettuce leaves (for wrapping)

Mix all ingredients except for the romaine lettuce leaves, well. Spoon the mixture into the 3 romaine leaves, wrap, and eat. I had a little leftover, but was full with 3 wraps. Also, I feel like a key component of good lettuce wraps, is finely diced chicken :-) This could easily be replicated in a larger quantity, too.

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It’s the Small Things

I’ve always heard this saying and thought, seriously, I know, right, blaa, blaa, blaa. But now that Seth and I are trekking our way through our first deployment, “it’s the small things,” has a whole new meaning that I’ve come to fully appreciate. While I work outside the home and am involved in different organizations, always busy, surrounding myself with awesome individuals, I still find myself with a lot of alone time where I think. I think about our life together, everything we’ve experienced up until now, all of our travels, the friends and family we’ve made, our future, etc. But it’s the day-to-day little things that always seem so insignificant, that we take for granted, that really, truly are not. Take away all the big life things, like careers, travels, etc. and we’d still have all the little things, and I realize now they’re big, very important things.

Here are all the “small things” I miss:

  • I miss going to breakfast early on weekend mornings for talky time
  • I miss listening to NPR talk radio shows while running errands
  • I miss occasional breakfast and coffee in bed
  • I miss getting coffee together
  • I miss my daily good morning kisses
  • I miss hugs
  • I miss having someone to talk to at the end of each day
  • I miss walking together
  • I miss watching Sunday football together
  • I miss nice sit-down dinners together
  • I miss being able to text
  • I miss holding hands
  • I miss playing board games
  • I miss Friday nights having a bonfire, glass of wine and Frank
  • I miss how excited Lucy would get every time the Jeep pulled up out front
  • I miss being called Pooterette, Pooterincess, Weefay!
  • I miss laughing together
  • I miss being goofballs together

Soon, we will pick right back up with our small things, and with more appreciation for them, than ever.

Here are some candid shots from the night before deployment <3

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Turmeric Tea

I’ve read about the awesome properties of turmeric for a long time, and have looked at tons of turmeric tea recipes, so I decided to make a batch last night. Plus, remember, I told you I’m totally becoming obsessed with Eastern medicine/spices/herbs. I worked off of this recipe here: Turmeric Tea. I really liked her recipe and how simple/easy it was. I made a larger batch (just increasing spice quantities) so I can keep it in the fridge, and just have a mug when I feel like it. It was extremely easy, and literally tastes like warm comfort in a cup.

If you haven’t read about how powerful turmeric is, you should! Pretty interesting stuff, but most well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric Tea

  • 8 cups water
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric (testing the waters here…)

I boiled everything for about 15 minutes, then let it cool a little and strained it. I don’t typically add any sugar/milk, etc. to my tea or coffee, but because my blood sugar was a little on the low side last night, I said what the hell, let’s try it with the honey and coconut milk. Holy soothing!

Enjoy!

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